Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) Speech and Theatre Teaching Field

Students who wish to teach speech, debate, forensics, radio & television, and/or theatre select the BSE in Speech and Theatre. Upon successful completion of this program, a candidate will be licensed to teach those areas in grades seven through twelve in Kansas schools. The Kansas Speech Association has recognized many of our graduates with its annual Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. Consultants and school administrators in the state have characterized this program as one of the strongest in the region for the preparation of high school speech and theatre teachers.

General education courses and additional requirements of the Teachers College are listed in the undergraduate catalog.

OPTION A - (40 hours)

This option is for candidates who have two areas of licensure. For example, the candidate may choose to complete the requirements to teach English or Social Sciences.

Required Courses:


Interpersonal Communication

3 hours

SP 222

Argumentation and Debate 

3 hours

SP 312

Theories of Communication

3 hours

SP 315

Small Group Communication

3 hours

SP 329

Principles of Broadcasting

3 hours

SP 470

Teaching of Speech and Theatre

3 hours

SP 572

Directing Forensic Activities

3 hours

TH 101

Introduction to Theatre

2 hours

TH 121

Acting I

3 hours

TH 131


4 hours

TH 340

Play Production


3 hours

TH 381

 Survey of Dramatic Literature

3 hours




TH 382

Modern Drama


3 hours

TH 426

Play Directing

3 hours

TH 472

Theatre Production II

1 hour

OPTION B - (48 hours)

This option is for candidates who have only one area of licensure for teacher education, Speech and Theatre.

Required Courses:

40 hours of courses as required in Option A (above).

Elective Courses:

The student and advisor will elect an additional 8 semester hours of courses with prefixes of SP or TH.

For more information about the BSE in Speech and Theatre, please contact Kenna Reeves, Roosevelt Hall 126 and (620) 341-5711.